Gold Rush Towns of Victoria with Amanda Hyatt

Amanda Hyatt - Gold Rush Towns of Victoria with Amanda Hyatt
Sunday 11 September to Friday 23 September 2022

Day 1: Sunday 11 September, 2022 Ballarat, Victoria
Tour members will be met at Melbourne airport at 2:00pm and transferred to the workshop hotel in Ballarat. Gold discovery at Ballarat in 1851 sparked Victoria’s famous gold rush. Ballarat has some of Victoria’s best examples of the architecture that gold built and will be a delight to paint. Late afternoon there will be a welcome drinks party followed by an included dinner.

Day 2: Monday 12 September, 2022 Ballarat, Victoria
A full day of painting in Ballarat with Amanda Hyatt. Amanda will commence with a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually with their work. In the afternoon we will have the chance to visit the Art Gallery of Ballarat, which holds one of the best regional collections in the country.

Day 3: Tuesday 13 September, 2022 Ballarat, Victoria
Today our excursion from Ballarat takes us to Daylesford. Originally established during the gold rush, these days it is a popular spa town. Amanda will find a great location for today’s painting session. There will be regular critique sessions during the workshop.

Day 4: Wednesday 14 September, 2022 Ballarat, Victoria
This morning we will have a painting session with Amanda Hyatt. Not only did the Goldfields bring wealth, but along with it came turmoil. In fact, one of the greatest dramas in Australian history occurred on the Ballarat goldfields. The Eureka Stockade remains the only armed civil uprising against the government in Australia’s history. This afternoon we will visit the Eureka Centre to learn about the events that took place. Tonight we enjoy an included dinner at historic Craig Hotel. Host to poets, princes and prime ministers such as Lola Montez and Mark Twain over its 160 year history, the hotel is a true icon of the Victorian period.

Day 5: Thursday 15 September, 2022 Castlemaine, Victoria
This morning we travel to Creswick, scene of Australia’s worst gold mining disaster. Creswick is also the home town of Australia’s former Prime Minister, John Curtin and the famous artists, the Lindsays. We continue onto Castlemaine. Within a year of gold being discovered, the population in Castlemaine soared to 25,000. There’s something for everyone in Castlemaine. Lovers of architecture, fine arts, history and photographers will all find something to delight them.

Day 6: Friday 16 September, 2022 Castlemaine, Victoria
Today we enjoy a day of painting and an included morning tea at Buda Historic Home & Garden in Castlemaine. Buda is an authentic goldfields villa house and garden named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny. It was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings. Amanda will demonstrate how to capture the beauty of Buda and assist workshop members with their painting. In the afternoon you may like to visit the excellent Castlemaine Art Museum.

Day 7: Saturday 17 September, 2022 Castlemaine, Victoria
Today we travel to the township of Maldon, christened ‘The Best Preserved Town in Australia of the Gold Mining Era’ by the National Trust. Cottage gardens, pavements overhung by verandas and old mining structures are the essence of Maldon. The place really comes to life on weekends with horse-drawn rides around town and steam train rides over a section of restored track. We will enjoy a day of painting in Maldon, Amanda will start with a demonstration and then assist workshop members individually.

Day 8: Sunday 18 September, 2022 Castlemaine, Victoria
Today we travel to Maryborough, which boasts grand gold rush architecture, lush gardens, antiques, art and a fast growing food and wine scene. We will enjoy a day of painting with Amanda Hyatt.

Day 9: Monday 19 September, 2022 Beechworth, Victoria
This morning we will travel to Beechworth. Beechworth is one of Victoria’s best-preserved gold rush towns. It was one of Australia’s richest gold fields and the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct today still abounds in remarkable architecture with over 30 buildings listed by the National Trust. This includes hotels, churches, miner’s cottages and the gaol where the bushranger Ned Kelly was imprisoned. The nineteenth century streetscapes will provide wonderful painting opportunities.

Day 10: Tuesday 20 September, 2022 Beechworth, Victoria
Today we will enjoy a full day of painting in Beechworth. Amanda will choose some great subjects for you to paint from the old Pubs, Churches and many colonial buildings. Beechworth is also famous for the Beechworth Bakery. Perhaps try one of their delicious pies or cakes for lunch!

Day 11: Wednesday 21 September, 2022 Beechworth, Victoria
After breakfast we will travel by coach to the nearby town of Yackandandah for a full day of painting. Yackandandah has changed little since the nineteenth century and the town is classified by the National Trust. The stately buildings built during the gold rush of the 1800’s as well as shops which have their original fittings and features have often been used in Australian period films and will provide delightful painting opportunities for workshop members.

Day 12: Thursday 22 September, 2022 Beechworth, Victoria
Our final day of painting in Beechworth. Amanda will hold her final painting demonstration and then assist tour members individually. This afternoon there will be a final critique session and an included dinner.

Day 13: Friday 23 September, 2022 Departure
This morning workshop members will be transferred to Melbourne domestic airport to meet flights departing after 1.00pm.